An Upcycled Fashion Show

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Hat – Pachacuti
Jacket – upcycled from a vintage dressing gown
Fairtrade cotton vest top – Marks and Spencers
Necklace – Made
Jeggings – Oxfam
Shoes – Clarks
Bag – Reclaim Bags

On Saturday I took the girls over to Cribbs Causeway to check out the ‘Green is the New Black’ upcycled fashion show, an event organised by the St Vincent’s charity as part of Bristol Fashion Week. The fashion show featured some amazing upcycled fashion created by children from local Bristol schools. Of course I took the opportunity to wear an upcycled jacket that I created from a vintage kimono dressing gown with a bag by Reclaim mamde from recycled inner tubes. Unfortunately I had to leave my lovely Pachacuti hat behind in the car as the weather was atrocious and I was worried I might loose it in the wind.

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DSCN4070 s An Upcycled Fashion ShowIt is great to see so much interest in recycled fashion by school children (hopefully the future of the fashion industry) and I was genuinely impressed by the creations which included a dress made from a deconstructed suit and other pieces made using newspaper, crisp wrappers, upcycles scarves and ties and bottle tops. I definitely think upcycled fashion is a great choice especially if you like to look individual and stand out from the crowd.

I have been meaning to do more upcycling, especially since starting my no new clothes for a year challenge. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to do anything, strugging a bit for both ideas and time! This fashion show has definitely given me some great ideas, now I just need to make myself some time.

Do you have any good ideas or sources of inspiration for upcycled fashion? You can check out my ideas board on Pinterest here.

I hope you are having a fabulous start to the week and looking forward to the Easter break!

With warmest wishes

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Thrifty Thursday – Upcycled Hair Accessories

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For today’s Thrify Thursday post, I decided to share an idea I have for upcycling an old tie. It is super easy and only takes a minute so I have decided to create my first ever YouTube video to show how I did it. Whilst I have enjoyed making this video, I am not sure it will be a regular thing, in fact this may well be a one off!

Whilst I love wearing scarfs in my my hair, they can be a little bit flimsy and slip out of place. I find that a tie makes a much better hair accessory as it stays in place better. I also love the variety of bold patterns, rich colours and glossy silk fabrics ties are made from.

It was pretty easy to make. As you can see from the video, you just pull the tie under your hair and tie at the top. Then tie in a bow and loop the loose end back through the centre of the bow once or twice. It took me a few attempts to work out exactly where to tie it to get the right size bow. You can make the bow bigger or smaller depending on how flamboyant you would like to be.

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Dress – Ousider
Necklace – Made UK
Tie – Oxfam

And here is the finished look (which I accidently edited out of the end of the video).

This probably has to be one of the thriftiest posts that I have ever done as it costs nothing to borrow a tie out of your mans wardrobe, if you can get away with it. Mr S wouldn’t let me near his ties but I did happen to have a few lovely silk ties which I bought from Oxfam to make silk dyed Easter eggs. When they arrived, I loved the patterns so much that I decided they were too good to chop up and dye eggs with so I am keeping them to put in my hair instead. They also make lovely belts to wear with dresses.

Oxfam have a fabulous selection of silk ties including vintage and designers ones. I am lusting after all of the Liberty prints ties in their online shop!

I hope you are having a lovely week, mine has been pretty tiring so far. I can’t wait for the weekend.

With warmest wishes

Heart Prints – Thrifty Thursday Valentines Special

If you can’t wear a cute heart print outfit on Valentines Day then when can you wear one? But actually, I think heart prints are pretty classic and easy to wear making them a great find in a charity shop any time of the year. Here are just a few of the lovelies that I have spotted in the Oxfam online shop.

Not only is charity shopping really thrifty with many of these lovely pieces costing less than a tenner but shopping in Oxfam also helps to reduces clothes waste, has much less of an impact on our beautiful world than buying new and helps a very worthwhile charity at the same time, it is just about the ultimate in guilt free shopping! In case you are worried that your order won’t fit or suit you, they also have a 21 day return policy(except wedding dresses or overseas returns), which makes it pretty to easy to shop with them.
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Vintage Heart Trousers by Richard Shops – Size 28″

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Black and Red Top by M & S Size 8

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Skater Dress by Tofu Size 8

If none of these pieces take your fancy, why not try updating something that you no longer wear with some DIY upcycling. I love this tutorial for a DIY ripped heart tshirt or this DIY heart on your sleeve projector check out this very cute heart chain stitch for embellishing just about anything.

Hearts, how will you be wearing yours for Valentines Day? on your sleeve perhaps? Whatever you do, have a lovely time.

With warmest wishes

#Secondhandfirst Week and an EFB Outfit Challenge

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Scarf – Oxfam (upcycled with pompom trim)
Jeggings – Oxfam
Top – SkunkFunk
Shoes – Clarks

Next week is #SecondhandFirst week, a event organised by the textile recycling charity TRAID to celebrate all things secondhand while committing to using more of our existing resources, rather than buying new. It will be marked by a week of events, workshops and initiatives between 17th – 23rd November in London.

But even if you don’t live in London, their are tonnes of ways that you can get involved, not least by wearing all or some secondhand clothes for the week and taking the #SecondhandFirst pledge to commit to buying a percentage of your clothes secondhand  and keeping clothes and other resources in circulation for longer by lending, swapping, mending and donating, visiting your local charity shop, running your own clothes swap.

Over at Ethical Fashion Bloggers we are also running a #secondhandfirst outfit challenge to create an outfit containing some or all secondhand clothes. You can see my outfit for the challenge above which features a pair of jeggings from Oxfam, my latest buy, a parka from Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair and a silk scarf from Oxfam which has been upcycled with a pompom trim. The chair I am sitting on is also made from recycled saris.

I will also be trying to wear as many secondhand pieces next week and will hopefully share them via Twitter and Instagram. Quite a large proportion of my wardrobe already consists of secondhand clothes but from now on, I am commiting to try source more second hand instead of new (when I need to buy something).

Will you be wearing anything secondhand next week? Do you have any great tips for buying secondhand clothes?

With warmest wishes

Traidcraft Paisley Shawl

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Shawl – Traidcraft
Hat – Pachacuti

Necklace -Made
Jeans – Oxfam (originally M&S)
Fairtrade cotton vest top – M&S
Shoes – TOMS

Quite a few years ago I stopped shopping on the high street. I now do most of my clothes shopping online as it not only allows me access to a much greater  choice of ethical and sustainable clothes but it also allows me to find different clothes that are a little bit more unique and individual than you can often find on the high street. I don’t really follow trends any more but lovely finding really lovely pieces of clothing often in places I may not expect to find them.

Traidcraft was one of those places that I knew about but had never really considered buying clothes from. Traidcraft is a fairtrade organisation which I knew about for their coffee, delicious chocolate and gifts but I was surprised to find out that they actually sell quite a few clothes and accessories too. I was recently contacted to ask if I would like to recieve a piece from the website and was instantly drawn to this lovely paisley shawl. I have already had several compliments when I have worn it. I really love that I can find out exactly how and where it was made.

It was handwoven in India by Manjeen Handicrafts is an organisation with a vision to promote an alternative trade system in the form of Fair Trade at grassroot levels to bring structural changes in the contemporary mode of trade, and increase the choice among the marganilsed artisans and their families for an improved quality of life, to help educate their children.

The Traidcraft website also has some other great pieces from hand knitted and alpaca jumpers to organic cotton pieces, colourful bags, leather bags and bamboo socks. They also have some really unique handmade gifts if you are looking for nice Christmas pressies. I know the words ‘fairtrade’ don’t always make you think of something fashionable and stylish but I am not going to let such preconceptions get in the way of finding beautifully made and unique pieces of clothing.

What do you think? Do you love finding unique and individual pieces to wear? Doesn’t it make it even more satisfying to buy something that has been created with respect for people and the planet.

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion – My Holiday Packing List

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I got back from holiday less than a week ago but after a couple of days back at work it feels like forever ago! This year I thought that I would share with you my favourite sustainable and ethical fashion pieces for taking on holiday with me. In the true spirit of sustainability, I try not to buy new things each year for holiday, after all it is only 2 weeks and I have lots of clothes. I would rather spend my money on a lovely meal at our favourite Italian restaurant where we can watch the sunsetting and the waves crashing over the rocks. I did however treat myself to a dress from Oxfam Fashion by Monsoon, just because I couldn’t resist it and I knew it would be comfy and cool for the lovely hot weather in Tenerife and a pair of flip flops because my old ones had worn out. In the picture above are a few of my summer holiday staples.

Fairtrade cotton vest tops – Marks and Spencers
Marks and Spencers have a small selection of Fairtrade cotton vest tops but they are really versatile and cool for hols. Marks and Spencers are also doing quite well in terms of ethics and sustainability as reported by Ethical Consumer.

Necklaces – Made
Made are an ethical jewellery company creating beautiful jewellery in their workshops in Kenya with a view to harnessing the talent and skills of local artisans, whilst providing a safe working environment, long-term job security and training.

Cut off Jeans
Not overly inventive, but a great way to extend the life of a piece of clothing. When my jeans started to wear out, instead of throwing them away, I made them into shorts.

Friendship Bracelets
I love wearing friendship bracelets. I got these ones from a website for recycling jewellery.

Hat – Pachacuti
I love Pachacuti hats, not only do they look great and keep the sun off my face but are also helping to preserve traditional artisanal skills in the Andes by combining high quality, environmentally-friendly materials with Fair Trade working practices.

Sunglasses – Colin Lesley Eyewear
These sunglasses are made from a combination of sustainable bamboo and recycled acetate and plastic.

Gandys FlipFlops
I wrote about the story behind the brand for Gandy Flip Flops in my last post.

Sarong
I bought this sarong nearly 20 years ago when I went on a conservation diving expedition to Belize. To me a piece of clothing that last 20 years is pretty sustainable. I love that it also  reminds me of the amazing time I had spending 2 months on a desert island in Belize.

Along with these staples, I also took some of my favourite ethical dresses most of which have been regularly featured on this blog.

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Dress – Monsoon

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Dress – Oxfam Fashion

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Earth Kind Originals

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Dress – Ruby Rocks

What do you usually pack for hols? which are your holiday staples that you take with you year after year?

With warmest wishes

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8 Online Fashion Shops Selling Amazing Preloved Clothes

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Who needs new clothes when there are so many amazing preloved clothes out there conveniently available from online shops. Preloved clothes rock because they are great value and you get that little bit more for your buck. Buying preloved clothes is also a great way to get an  instant wardrobe refresh without having a massive impact on the planet. We think preloved clothes are the ultimate sustainable fashion and perfect for those that just can’t do without their fahsion fix.

Here are our top 10 online fashion shops selling amazing preloved clothes

 

Motel Vintage

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Motel Rocks is a popular online shop, but did you know that they have a vintage collection. Packed with a great selection of vintage band t shirts and reworked vintage pieces, Motel Vintage has some great styles that combine retro prints with contempory shapes.

Rock My Vintage

If you are looking for some lovely and really wearable vintage pieces that have been carefully handpicked, then you should definitely check out the genuine vintage section at Rock My Vintage. They have a great selection of vintage dresses as well as jewellery and bags that can be used to give a stylish twist to more modern clothes.

Urban Renewal

For hip street wear, Urban Outfitters Renewal collection has some great vintage and preloved pieces for men and women including checked shirts, beanie hats, baseball caps and wax jackets.

Vestiare Collective

If you want to live a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget then Vestiare Collective is a great place to shop. You can pick up preloved designer pieces at a fraction of the amount that they would cost new. This online fashion shop has a massive selection and you will find clothes by just about every designer that you could imagine, it is also carefully curated to ensure quality and authenticity.

Buy My Wardrobe

Buy My Wardrobe is yet another amazing website where you can buy and sell designer clothing. Their mission to create a “trusted social shopping site with real people behind real profiles. A place to browse and be inspired as well as buy and sell pre-owned designer fashion.”

Oxfam Fashion

The online Oxfam Fashion shop now has a massive selection of preloved and vintage pieces at great prices. It features the top picks from Oxfam shops around the country. The site makes finding exactly what you want easy peasy with filters for brand, size, style etc. The prices are also pretty amazing with brands including Whistles, Ted Baker and Hobbs.

ASOS Reclaimed Vintage

The ASOS reclaimed collection contains some fabulous pieces created from vintage pieces and deadstock fashioned into unique and individual trend lead pieces.

ASOS Marketplace

ASOS Marketplace is another great place to buy preloved clothes straight from the sellers wardrobe as well as vintage and indie labels from a variety of boutique shops. Not all of the clothes are preloved so try filtering your search for preloved or vintage to save precious time if that is what you are looking for.

Do you know of any other shops selling amazing pre loved clothes?

Please tweet me @styleeyes to share

With warmest wishes

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What to Wear to a Museum? and Looking Forward to 2014

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What to wear to a museum! 

Hat – Pachacuti
Scarf – Vintage
Jeggings – Oxfam
Top – really old
Ankle Boots – Dream in Green

I have been struggling a little to decide on any new years resolutions for 2014, of course there is the usual new year stuff to be more active, I am upping my gym classes from 3 to 6 per week, eat better, I have invested in a flask to take my homemade soup to work and a slow cooker for healthy meals after work, now I have to just cut out the snacks. I have already committed to buying only ethical fashion for a few years now but will continue to try and buy less.

I have decided rather than making the usual resolutions that I know I probably won’t stick to for very long,I am going to set myself some goals/ things that I would like to do instead. So here goes

For me…

Decide where I want to go next with work. I am currently working full time on a temporary contract and running my business.

Develop my marketing skills. I have been working in marketing for 5 years now, I would love a new qualification which will up date my skills and take them to the next level, plus I love learning.

Take up Spanish again. In 2013, I took up Spanish lessons with the children and really surprised myself about how much I learnt in such a short space of time. Unfortunately we had to give up lessons because of time but I want 2014 to be the year I make time.

Get out and about more. I live quite near to both Bath and Bristol and definitely need to make more of what these amazing city’s have to offer. In 2014 I want lots more visits to museums, theatres, art galleries and even restaurants. For me I want 2014 to be much more about doing stuff than buying stuff.

For my blogs and websites

I honestly think that 2014 could be the year that ethical and sustainable fashion starts to gain some serious traction. There are plenty of ethical fashion events going on and I have noticed a definite interest in ethical fashion amongst many of the fashion blogs lately. I would love for my website www.style-is.co.uk and this blog to play a key part in this revolution.

For this blog I want to try and see things in a slightly different way with more interesting photographs, perhaps more detail or different angles and lots more outdoors photographs.

I have already made a good start with my ‘to do list’ by visiting the Bristol Musuem and Art Gallery today with the children. I would thoroughly recommend it and it is free to get in. We also stopped off for Burritos at Las Iguanas on the waterfront, again which I would happily recommend as the food was delicious. In answer to ‘what to wear to a Museum?’, I decided to go for something casual and comfy and fairly plain giving me the chance to wear my favourite vintage paisley pom pom scarf and give my new pachacuti hat its first outing.

What have you been up to so far in 2014?  Do you have any new years resolutions or a to do list?

Here are just a few instagrams from today and the last week!

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 A Giant Irish Deer Skeleton 

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A Dinosaur Skeleton
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Stuck in traffic on the way to work

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No wonder it takes me so long to write a blog post with lady helping!

With warmest wishes

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like……

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Beaded top – local charity shop
Jeggings – Oxfam
Shoes – Clarks

Even yet a another weekend of completely trashed social plans due to the dreaded Noro virus taking its toll on oldest daughter, can’t dampen my Christmas spirit! Well actually I was pretty fed up but now she is all better again, I can’t help feeling just a little excited about Christmas, not least the prospect of a few weeks off work.

Next week we are going to see Father Christmas. I figured this may well be the last year its going to wash so might as well grab the opportunity while I can. We also have lots more exciting Christmas plans so really really hoping that no more illness to ruin things. In the mean time I am making the most of my week left at work by getting in the Christmas spirit and wearing something sparkly each day!

I hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas and managing to stay germ free. What festive fun have you been having?

Here are just a few of my instagrams from last week

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Reindeer in the shopping centre in town. Very cute but boy did they stink!

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Ice Skating with Mr S and the children. This was so much fun, I definitely want to go again soon.

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My Christmas wreath. Mr S though it looked boring and wrapped it in tinsel to try and jazz it up. I went mad but thankfully now have restored it to its rustic perfection.

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A sneak preview of the lovely handknitted hat that I have just received from Ricefield Collective. I will be blogging more detail about the brand and photos of the hat tommorrow.

With warmest wishes


A Fedora and a Christmas Catch Up

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Jacket – Upcycled Dressing Gown from Local Vintage Shop
Organic Cotton T Shirt by A Question Of
Jeans/ Jeggings – Oxfam
Boots – high street
Necklace – won in a charity raffle

It feels like a long time since I last posted an outfit post. Life has been pretty busy lately and I have been struggling to find time to eat and sleep never mind blog! Over the last few days my little girl has not been well which means this weekend we have all had to cancel all of our social and festive plans including 2 dinners with friends, a birthday party and a Christmas bazaar. On the plus side perhaps a lazy weekend around the house is just what we all need. I am taking the chance to catch up with a little blogging and reading of my favourites blogs plus sorting out my wardrobe. Can you believe I still haven’t got around to swapping over my summer and winter clothes yet.
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My Christmas pressy from Mr S is a lovely Fedora hat by Pachacuti which I chose myself. I thought I ought to try it on to check that it fits and he agreed that perhaps I should just have it now to save him having to wrap it up. I haven’t had the chance to wear it out yet as stuck in the house for the next few days but hopefully will do soon. If you wanted to give someone an amazing Christmas pressy this year, Pachacuti do a great little package of a mini hat with a gift voucher so that they can pick out their own choice from the website but also have something lovely to open on Christmas day. Pachacuti have a great choice of classic Fedora in different colours and sizes but also a range of other styles. Love this idea!

Here are just a few of my festive instagrams from the last few weeks.

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Christmas Tree Fairy
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Pressies – Handknitted  and Fair Trade Hats by Fair + True
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Christmas cards from Oxfam

The next 2 weeks and the run up to Christmas look to be super busy with Christmas lunches, parties, school plays and carol concerts as well as the usual christmas preparations. Not that I am not looking forward to it, I love Christmas and all of its sparkliness! Definitely going to be ready for some time off over Christmas though.

What are you are you up to for Christmas, do you have any fun plans?

With warmest wishes